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Renaud Dupont

Managing Partner

CMS DeBacker
Chaussée de La Hulpe 178
1170 Brussels
Languages French, Dutch, English, Italian

Renaud specialises in copyright, trademarks and patents. His clients include multinationals in the retail, media and chemicals sectors.

He has broad experience of both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property; trade secret and unfair competition cases. Renaud is also dealing regularly with distribution agreements (exclusive and selective distribution, agency, franchising, license agreements, commercial promotions and other trade practices).

He is a member of the Benelux Trademarks Associations (BMM) and the European Community trademark association (ECTA). Renaud also chairs in the board of directors of the AIPPI (Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle).

He publishes and lectures frequently on IP-related topics and strategies. 

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“CMS’ practice is ‘really pleasant to work with’, and provides ‘great responsiveness and practical solutions.’ It covers the spectrum of commercial disputes with particular strength in IP litigation, for which Renaud Dupont is the name to note.”

Legal 500 - 2013

Relevant experience

  • Assisting a major international broadcasting company with copyright-related issues
  • Assisting an international fine chemical company with patent issues
  • Conducting patent litigation for a major company manufacturing equipment for breweries
  • Conducting trademark litigation for a large US chemical company
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  • 1997 - Université de Liège, ULg (Law Degree)
  • 1998 - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, KUL (Postgraduate in IP and IT law)
  • 1998 - Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
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  • Member of the European Community trademark association (ECTA)
  • Member of the “Association Belge pour la Protection du Droit d’Auteur”, the “Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle” (A.I.P.P.I.) and the Benelux Trade Mark Association (B.M.M.)
  • Arbitrator for .be domain name ADR
  • Seat in the Patent Agent Accreditation Commission
  • Assistant at the University of Liège 2000-2004
  • Head of the firm’s Commercial Law Department
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  • "La Directive relative à la protection des secrets d’affaires : quelques perspectives au regard du droit belge", Revue de Droit Intellectuel, 2016, n° 2, p. 150
  • "Taking unfair advantage of trademarks: parasitism and free riding", report of the Belgian group of AIPPI on question Q245, Revue de droit intellectuel. L'ingénieur-conseil, 2015/2
  • "Retail – Aperçu juridique / Juridisch bekeken. Hommage à André Lombart / Eerbetoon aan André Lombart", Larcier, 2014
  • Brussels Court of Appeal, ch. 8, April 8 2013, "Suske en Wiske" case, observations by Renaud Dupont
  • "L'exception de parodie devant la Cour de justice : l’humour est-il l’apanage du Luxembourg ?", Revue de Droit Intellectuel. L'ingénieur Conseil, 2013/3
  • "L’exigence d’usage sérieux des marques pour le maintien de la protection", Revue de Droit Intellectuel, 2011, n° 5-6, p. 561
  • “The impact of public health issues on exclusive patent rights”, Revue de droit intellectuel, 2008, vol. 3, p 317
  • “L’information précontractuelle dans le cadre d’accords relatifs aux droits intellectuels”, I.R. D.I. 2007, ed 1, 6-12
  • “Introduction au droit de la société de l’information” co-authored with Franklin Dehousse and Tania Zgajewski, Editions Juridiques de l’Université de Liège, 2002, 168 pages
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